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Gary Leon Conn

Gary Leon Conn 62 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:20 PM July 29, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 - 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.
 
Gary was born June 30, 1955 in Inglewood, CA the son of Milton Keith and Beverly Jane (Rich) Conn.
 
Survivors include his mother: Beverly Jane Conn, Clinton, IL; children: Joshua (Amy) Conn and Amber Conn both of Yucaipa, CA; 1 grandchild: Gavin Conn, Yucaipa, CA; step-children: Dawn Hamblock, CA and Larry Clingempeel, Bloomington, IL; 3 step-grandchildren; brother: Eldon (Kathy) Conn, Clinton, IL; longtime companion: Suzie Edwards, Clinton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Gary worked as a welder and enjoyed cars and motorcycles.

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Vivian Estella Cothern

Funeral services for Vivian Estella Cothern, 95, of Monticello, will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the First Christian Church, 1699 N. State St., Monticello. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Nixon Township Cemetery, Weldon. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello is handling the arrangements.
 
Mrs. Cothern died peacefully at 5:45 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello. Vivian was born January 31, 1922 in Winchester, IL, the daughter of Ray Elwin and Allie Estella (Simpson) Martin. She married Kenneth Maxwell Cothern on November 9, 1941 in Decatur. He passed away May 3, 2003.
 
Vivian is survived by her children, Patricia Ann Gregory (Duane) of Lynchburg, VA, Daniel Maxwell Cothern (Sandy) of Champaign, IL, Larry Dean Cothern of Chaska, MN, Nancy Elaine McConnell (Bill) of Okeana, OH; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Orval Martin and Ray Martin, Jr., and sisters Elizabeth Espinoza, Wava Nichols, Vonetta Martin, and Olivia Martin.
 
Vivian was a housewife and worked in sales/marketing. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello and was active with the Deland-Weldon PTA. Vivian formed the First Christian Church worship service at Tatman Village and she also received the Barnabas award by the First Christian Church for her incredible gift of encouragement.
 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the First Christian Church or the Piatt County Nursing Home Alzheimer’s Unit.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Jeffrey Paul "Buzzie" Brisard

Jeffrey Paul “Buzzie” Brisard 64 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:51 PM July 25, 2017 at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, Il.
 
A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at their home at 819 W. Adams St., Clinton, IL 61727 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 11 AM to 2 PM with memoriam remarks at noon. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
 
Jeffrey was born May 21, 1953 in Evanston, IL the son of Alfred and Rose (Trom) Brisard.
 
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 22 years, Carol Brisard; brothers: Brad (Connie) Brisard and Doug (Marian) Brisard; step-children: John (Patty) Hannon and Jodi (Jesse) Schmid; step- grandchildren:  Ava Hannon, Brody, Royce and Hank Schmid. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, many cousins, dear friends and his beloved little dog, Jake.
 
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, Ricky.
 
Jeff was retired from Laborers’ Local 703 and was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran. He also was a member of the Clinton Eagles Aerie #593 and VFW Post 4168. Jeff was a music lover and life-long Chicago Bears and Cubs fan.

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Lois Eileen Cray

Lois Eileen Cray 94 of Clinton, IL passed away 6:10 PM July 25, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with the Rosary at 4:30 PM.
 
Memorials may be directed to Vespasian Warner Library or to St. John’s Catholic Church.
 
Lois was born August 16, 1922 in Downs, IL. She married Francis Donald “Don” Cray April 26, 1943 in Ft. Myers, FL. He passed away March 14, 2004.
 
Survivors include her children: Fran (Barry) Barnard, Vero Beach, FL, David (Ellen) Cray, Ottawa, Ontario Canada, Phil (Barb) Cray, Port Byron, IL, Bruce (Maria) Cray, Brookshire, TX, Rene'e (Bill) Zorc, Libertyville, IL, Tom Cray, Morton Grove, IL, Terry Cray, Vernon Hills, IL and Kevin Cray, Clinton, IL; a brood of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother: Earl Campbell, Clinton, WI.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, siblings: Helen Samuels, Hazel Lawyer, Howard Campbell, Carl Campbell, Gene Campbell and Floyd Campbell.
 
Lois was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She had worked at the John Warner Bank as a bookkeeper.
 
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff at Manor Court for the excellent care of Lois the last two years.

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Merribeth Koyak

Merribeth Koyak 69 of Clinton, IL and Naples, FL passed away 11:35 AM July 17, 2017 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Private Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning, Celebrant. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL or St. Agnes Catholic Church, Naples, FL.
 
Merribeth was born September 27, 1947 in Peru, IL the daughter of Carl James and Hazel (Schmoeger) Ross. She married Peter G. Koyak, III December 16, 1967 in Notre Dame, IN.
 
Survivors include her husband: Peter G. Koyak, III Clinton, IL and Naples, FL; children: Peter G. (Renee`) Koyak, IV, Clinton, IL, Karissa (Donald, Jr.) West, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Victoria Wilson, Maddison Koyak, and Miley Koyak.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister: Sharlene Musial.
 
Merribeth was a registered nurse, graduating from the Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. She was also a former bookkeeper for Fourwinds RV, Maroa, IL.

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Janet S. Sydney

Janet S. Sydney, 93, passed away at 6:25 a.m. on July 20, 2017 at the Christian Village Nursing Home in Lincoln, IL.
 
Janet was born on August 4, 1923 in Connecticut; daughter of Martin Shaw and Mildred Mauldin. She married George A. Sydney on September 15, 1944 in El Paso, TX. He preceded her in death on November 28, 1977.
 
She is survived by her son: Dana (Anne) Sydney of Lincoln, IL; two granddaughters: Kathryn Sydney and Jennifer (Derin) Stewart. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Tina Guzy, and one sister: Ann Shaw.
 
A private family graveside will be held at a later date. services entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homein Lincoln, IL.

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Charles M. Ott

Charles M. Ott, 85, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, IL.
 
Charles was born on April 20, 1932 in Lincoln, IL the son of Melby and Eugenia (Hurst) Ott. He married Marjory Reigert on October 23, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. she survives.
 
Charles is also survived by his children; Terri Lee (Russell) Keith of El Paso, IL, Douglas Ott of Boise, ID, and Cindy (Mike) Buchwald of Manvel, TX; his brothers; Robert Ott of Rock Island, IL, William Ott of Camdenton, MO, and James Ott of Virden, IL. Additionally Charles is survived by his seven grandchildren; Kristoffer, Steffanie, Savannah, Steven, Samuel, Spencer, Sarah; and his two great-grandchildren; Everleigh, and Gabe.
 
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Daniel Charles Ott.
 
Charles was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, Central Illinois Tourism Council, Logan Co. Tourism, Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Association, and the State of Illinois Bee Keeper Association.
 
Charles was a bee keeper for 60 years, and was bee inspector for the State of Illinois Agriculture Department for 34 years. He was the Abraham Lincoln presenter for the State of Illinois Tourism Department for 34 years; he also portrayed Abraham Lincoln doing trade shows in the United States, Canada, and London, England.
 
Charles was loved by his family and will be greatly missed.
 
Services for Charles will be held at 10:00A.M. Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00P.M. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorial donations may be made in Charles’ name to Zion Lutheran Church & School.

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Paul Edward Doane, Junior

Paul Edward Doane, Junior, 85 of Monticello, Illinois passed away peacefully July 17, 2017 at his home on the farm he had lived on and loved for nearly 60 years.
 
Celebration of life services will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Faith in Action or the Centerville Methodist Church.
 
Paul is survived by his 3 children: Becky (Bill) Herb, Bruce (Saundra) Doane, and Brian (Denise) Doane; grandchildren: Matthew (Erica) Herb, Joe Doane, Kristen (Will) Holmes, Nichole Doane, Jonathan Doane, Patrick (Tey) Herb, Elizabeth Herb, Dara Ella and Rachel Doane; and great grandchildren: Ashlyn Cafin, Daniel Sullivan and Sydney Herb.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Virginia Ann Doane and their son: Brett Paul Doane.
 
Paul was born September 22, 1931 in Decatur, IL. He worked at Mississippi Valley Steel in Decatur in the early years of his career and finished out his career at Kurland Steel in Urbana, IL. Farming was the joy of his life and he loved a good political debate. He served on the Sangamon Township Board and was a Mason. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and always enjoyed listening to the Boston Pops 4th of July concert celebration. He was also a member of the Centerville Methodist Church.
 
Paul will be dearly missed his family and his friends.

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Tommy Pruett

Tommy Pruett, 17, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 8:26 P.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 at home.
 
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M., Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the LeRoy Christian Church, LeRoy, Illinois. His funeral service will be 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 24, 2017 at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 NE Glen Oak Peoria, IL 61637. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is handling the arrangements.
 
Tommy was born October 16, 1999, in Urbana, Illinois, a son of Joseph M. and Dawn M. Bagwell Pruett. They survive.
 
Surviving are one sister, Amanda M. (Joshua) Casey, LeRoy, Illinois; maternal grandparents, Robert (Katherine) Bagwell, LeRoy, Illinois; paternal grandparents, Duane (Lanet) Pruett, Mahomet, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Carol Pruett and his maternal and paternal great-grandparents.
 
Tommy was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church, the LeRoy High School Football Team, and the LeRoy High School Wrestling Team.

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Joan 'Elaine' Butler

Joan ‘Elaine’ Butler, 78, of Beason, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Christian Village with family by her side.
 
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday July 25, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln with Rev. Bill Ramsdale officiating. Burial at Harmony Cemetery will follow the service. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday July 24, 2017 also at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Beason United Methodist Church or Beason Fire Department
 
Elaine was the daughter of Kenneth and Iona D. Burwell. She was born in Bloomington, IL on January 10, 1939. Elaine married James B. Lessen on June 24, 1956 in Waynesville,IL. Elaine later married Phillip R. Butler on September 29, 1984 in Lincoln, IL.
 
Elaine followed her mother into nursing, graduating from LPN school in 1972. She retired from nursing, having worked as a LPN at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Lincoln Developmental Center for many years.
Elaine was preceded in death by: her parents, Kenneth and Iona Burwell; her son, Kevin Lessen; and Great-Grandson, Brandon Harris.
 
She is survived by her husband, Phil Butler of Beason, IL; her brother, Gene (Karen) Burwell of Lincoln, IL;  her children and step-children; Kent (Sue) Lessen of Hoffman Estates, IL; Karen (Rick) Harris of Chestnut, IL; Kim (Mike) Florey of Beason, IL; daughter-in-law, Sondra Lessen of Springfield; Brian (Tonjau) Brown of Colby, KS; Troy (Diane) Brown of Goodland, KS; plus 11 grand-children, and 14 great-grand-children.

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Danny J. Casarez

Danny J. Casarez, 33 of Decatur, IL passed away 7:52 A.M. July 15, 2017 at his family home in Decatur, IL.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 A.M. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with celebrant Rev. Fr. James Henning. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Friday, July 21, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rosary services at 4:30 P.M.
 
Memorials may be made to his children C/O Chelsie Casarez.
 
Danny was born April 10, 1984 in Chicago, IL the son of Segundo Cazares and Eufracia Gomez. He married Chelsie Stukins November 13, 2015 in Decatur, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife: Chelsie Casarez, Decatur, IL; children: Daeviny J. Casarez and Adrianna E.N. Casarez both at home; parents: Segundo Cazares and Eufracia Gomez, Clinton, IL; siblings: Miguel (Mandi Cox) A. Cazares, Argenta, IL, Yaritza (Jordan) Bladen, Clinton, IL, Marilyn Casarez, Clinton, IL, Ernesto Cazares, Chicago, IL; paternal grandfather: Ambrocio Cazares; nephews: Terrel Cazares, Karsyn Bladen, Drayven Bladen; nieces: Jasmyn Bladen and Aneisa Cox.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother.
 
Danny was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church and the Boiler Makers Local #158 of Peoria, IL.
 
He loved watching the Philadelphia Eagles football and loved to fish. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his girls.

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Kyrie 'Reve' Bratcher

Kyrie’ Reve’ Bratcher, infant daughter of Tim and Arial Bratcher of LeRoy, Illinois passed away at 9:15 A.M., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 P.M., Friday, July 21, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. Pastor Eric Swanson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M., Friday, July 21, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Kyrie’s Korner c/o Busey Bank, LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Kyrie’ was born June 18, 2017 in Urbana, Illinois to Timothy Ryan and Arial Reve’ Stephens Bratcher. They survive in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Also survived by one sister, Layla Kaylie Bratcher at home; maternal grandmother, Patricia Stephens of Carlisle, Iowa; maternal papa, John (Beth Jacobson) Stephens of Sioux City, Iowa; paternal grandmother, Sue Bratcher of LeRoy, Illinois; and maternal great-grandparents, Eldon & Hisako McDade of Waterloo, Iowa.
 
She was preceded in death by two infant siblings, her Papa, James Bratcher, and great-grandmother, Mary Lou Flegel.

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John D. Short

John D. Short, 78, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 9:05 A.M., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79 Memorial Wall Project, the LeRoy Boy Scout Troop # 0950, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Mr. Short was born July 9, 1939 in Bloomington, Illinois to Thelma M. McClintock. He married Judy E. Pray September 9, 1966 in LeRoy, Illinois. She survives in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Survived by his sons, Tim L. (Amy) Short of St. Joseph, Illinois and Jason John Short of LeRoy, Illinois; granddaughters, Maureen, Audrey, and Katharine Short all of St. Joseph, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Jackie Burton.
 
John was a Vietnam Era Army veteran. He worked for the Eureka Company in Bloomington for 40 years and was a custodian at the LeRoy High   School for 8 years.
 
He was active with the Boy Scouts in LeRoy in the late 1970s through the late in1980s.

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Norma Jo Roth

Norma Jo Roth, 85, of Saybrook, Illinois passed away at 1:35 P.M., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Heritage Health, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Colfax, Illinois with Fr. Carl LoPresti, Celebrant. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Colfax, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
Norma was born March 30, 1932 in Saybrook, Illinois, a daughter of Clair & Mildred Ryan Denny. She married Robert J. Roth September 2, 1950 in Gibson City, Illinois. He passed away November 13, 2005.
 
Survived by her children; Sue (Dennis) Bain of Saybrook, Illinois; Pam (Todd) Graham of Bloomington, Illinois; LeAnn (George) Hale of Normal, Illinois; Judy Hawthorne of Bloomington, Illinois; Timothy (Penny) Roth of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Connie Roth of Sibley, Illinois; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 2 step-great-grandchildren; brother, William (Delores) Denny of Mesa, Arizona; sister, Barbara (Raymond) Murrell of Gibson City, Illinois. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert J. Roth; son, Michael Roth; infant son, Steven Roth and grandson, Bradley Hale.
 
Norma was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Colfax, Illinois. She worked for many years as a cook at the Saybrook Nursing home and Indian Springs Country Club, Saybrook, Illinois.

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Michelle Phipps

Michelle Phipps, 51, of Lincoln passed away on July 14, 2017 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
Michelle was born on April 14, 1966 in Alton, IL, the daughter of Ronald Phipps and Amy Phipps.
Michelle is survived by her son, Zachary (Jessie Maus) Tremaine; three grandchildren, ZJ, Amelia, and Adeline Tremaine; her mother, Amy Phipps of Chestnut, IL; her father, Ron (Chris) Phipps of Pittsfield, IL; her sister, Teresa (Jon) House of Chestnut, IL; her brother-in-law, Jimmy White of Ohio; and her long time significant other, Robert Nylin. Additionally she is survived by several nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Michelle was preceded in death by her sister, Robin White of Ohio.
 
Services for Michelle will be held at 6:30P.M. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. with John Smith officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 4:00-6:15P.M. also at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Michelle’s name to The American Stroke Foundation.

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Lynda Sue Ruff

Lynda Sue Ruff, 70, of Lincoln passed away at 10:40 A.M. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
 
Lynda was born July 26, 1946 in Logan County; the daughter of Norman and Mary (Sutton) Hart. She married Lyle Ruff on October 10, 1965 in Lincoln, IL. and he survives.
Lynda is also survived by her son, Doug Ruff; one brother, Terry (Linda) Hart; two grandchildren, Vanessa Ruff and Angie Ruff; one niece, Tani (Troy) Scott and one nephew, Brandon Hart.
 
Lynda was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Lynda worked for the State of Illinois as an Administrative Assistant for over 25 years. Lynda was an avid Rendezvousor for over 10 years; where she received the Indian name "Summer Storm” through a traditional Indian ceremony. She was a volunteer for years at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. She was also a past President of The Zonta Club of Lincoln.
 
Services for Lynda will be held at 10:00A.M. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00P.M. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Lynda’s name to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Fannie Frances Holl

Fannie Frances Holl 84 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:42 AM July 15, 2017 at her family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
There will be no services. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Fannie was born March 17, 1933 in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Proctor and Lula (Cundiff) Ballenger. She married Henry Francis Holl may 1952. He passed away May 1981.
 
Survivors include her children, Janelle D. Paire, Ann Arbor, Mchigan; Susan E. Huffman, Clinton, Il.; Donald W. (Kim) Holl, Shiloh, Il.; Lu E. (Cecil) Dunlap, Clinton, Il.; 9 Grandchildren, Douglas Clark, Bethany Clark, Lindsey Paire, Aimee Pair, Andrew Huffman, Ashley Huffman, Amber Lowe, Jennifer Lowe and Jacob Holl; 9 Great-Grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son, Kevin Michael Holl, 4 Sisters and 5 Brothers.
 
Fannie was an Airforce wife for 21 years. She had retired from Revere Copper & Brass Inc and was a
waitress at the Taylor McGill Hotel. She enjoyed cooking, the outdoors and animals but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. Fannie was an avid Cubs fan.

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Sallie Francis Simpson

Sallie Frances Simpson, 72, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 12:20 AM, July 14, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
 
Sallie was born November 25, 1944 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Troy Harold and Helen (Welch) Dubson.
 
Survivors include her two sons, Duane Thackrey, Clinton, IL and Jesse Thackrey, Rushville, IL; 6  grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Bateson, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
 
Sallie was a die-hard Cubs fan.

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Lynn Lamont

Lynn Lamont, 89, of Clinton, IL passed away 8:55 AM July 15, 2017 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Phil Yakey officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, IL at 2 PM with Military Honors. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM, Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wapella Christian Church or Little Galilee Christian Camp.
 
Lynn was born September 30, 1927 in Solomon, IL the son of George and Hyla (Defenbaugh) Lamont. He married Margaret F. Lindelof on August 28, 1953 in Bloomington, IL.  She passed away February 14, 1991. He later married Marjorie Ann (Leggett) Borland August 14, 1993 in Wapella, IL. 
 
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Ann Lamont, Clinton, Il.; Children, Peggy Watkins, Bloomington, Il.; David (Lita) Lamont, Wills Point, TX.; Danny Gene (Brenda) Borland, Wapella, Il.; Jodie D. West, Normandy, TN.; Grandchildren, Louis (Mary) Watkins, Ben (Jennifer) Watkins, Zach Watkins, Maggie (Joseph) Poindexter, Brandy Montgomery, Crystal Lamont and Chelsea (Cody) Lamont-Hall; Faith Borland, Rachel Borland, Luke Borland, Kellie Borland, Katelyn Lockard; 11 Great-Grandchildren;
Brother, Lyell Lamont, Spring Green, Wisconsin; Sister, Lois (Wally) Beeler, Peoria, Il.
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 1 infant son, Richard Lynn and 1 Sister, Lola Kaufman.
 
Lynn was a member of the Wapella Christian Church.  He farmed most of his life in McLean and DeWitt Counties. He was an Army Veteran serving his country during the Korean conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star. Lynn was a special Christian man. He loved his family, the church, and farming. Heaven has received a special Angel.

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Joseph D. McRae

Joseph D. McRae, 56, of Mt. Zion, IL passed away at 2:10 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in his residence.
 
A service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2017, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Township Cemetery with military honors provided by the Macon County Honor Guard and the US Navy Honor’s team. The family will receive friends for visitation Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Dalton City United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
 
Joe was born August 17, 1960, in Decatur, IL the son of John and Barbara (Sills) McRae. He served in the US Navy for eight years. Joe worked for Caterpillar in the Parts Line. He was a member of the UAW Local #751. He married Luanne Gaitros on September 18, 1993. Joe attended Dalton City United Methodist Church and had a passion for motorcycles and his pets. He was a die-hard Cubs fan.
 
Surviving is his wife: Luanne of Mt. Zion; his father: John of Thomasville, NC, sister: Debbie Sensing and her husband Gary of Thomasville, NC; brothers: John B. McRae and his wife Carol of Mt. Zion and Jim McRae and his wife Michelle of Pinkerington, OH; mother-in-law: Kay Gaitros of Dalton City; special canine companions: Schultzy, Peanut, and Willie.
 
Joe was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law: Carl Gaitros.

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Judith Anne Coogan

Judith Anne Coogan, 78, of Lincoln, passed away at 8:41 a.m. Thursday (July 13, 2017) at her home.
 
Judith was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Lincoln, the daughter of Paul Sr. and Mildred Blaum Beaver. She married Judge David Coogan on June 12, 1971, in Lincoln; he survives.
 
Judith is also survived by her brothers, Paul (Sue) Beaver and John (Kathy) Beaver, both of Lincoln; nieces, Ann (Ron Wolpert) Beaver Witting and Amy (John) O’Donnell; nephews, Frederick (Amy) Blanford, Brian (Christine) Beaver and Brad (Michele) Beaver; great-nieces, Hannah Witting; Kyleigh Snavely; Lauren O’Donnell; Caitlin Beaver; and Camille, Abigal and Claudia Blanford; and great-nephews, Ethan Witting, Kevin O’Donnell, Corey Beaver and Brandon Beaver.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant sister.
 
Judith retired from Chester-East Lincoln and Northwest schools after teaching there for 35 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, DAR and the Logan/Dewitt Retired Teachers Association. She was truly devoted to all of her nieces and nephews.
 
Services for Judith will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Father Simon Taabu officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services Tuesday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Judith’s name to Logan County 4-H Foundation or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Agnes Marie Franklin

Agnes Marie Franklin, 91, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 12:20 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 surrounded by family at home. 
 
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Mary's Church, Bloomington, Illinois.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Greg Nelson officiating.  Inurnment will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, Bloomington, Illinois or Ruel Neal American Legion Unit 79 Auxiliary, LeRoy, Illinois.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
 Agnes was born June 18, 1926 to Charles and Ida Mae Kridner Roberts in El Paso, Illinois.  She married Walter E. Franklin in 1946.  He preceded her in death May 1, 1997.  
 
 She is survived by her daughter, Mary Booker of Sterling, Illinois; sons, Charles (Sandra) Franklin of LeRoy, Illinois and Richard (Pamela) Franklin of Mt. Vernon, Washington; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
 
 She was preceded in death by her four brothers and one sister.
 
 Agnes was a member of St. Mary's Church, Bloomington, Illinois.  She was an employee at State Farm Insurance for over 20 years, retiring in 1990.  She lived a very active life enjoying travel; quilting; crafting; puzzles; reading; and most of all spending time with her family and family pets.

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Norma Jean Sams

Norma Jean Sams 74 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:00 PM July 12, 2017
at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home,
Clinton, Il. with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 4 - 7 PM, Sunday,
July 16, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Clinton United Methodist Church or the
Weldon Springs Foundation.
 
Norma was born May 12, 1943 in Jacksonville, IL the daughter of James E.
and Ruth Esther (Rimbey) Hart. She married Jim Sams November 5, 1961 in
Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Jim Sams, Clinton, IL; children:  Roger
(Diana) Sams, Bellevue, NE and Janelle (Brad) Thomas, Clinton, IL; four
grandchildren:  Collin Sams, Ramstein AFB, Germany; Ross Thomas; Paige
Thomas (fiancé, Clayton Dunn); and Reid Thomas, all of Clinton, IL;
sister, Brenda (Dale) Rueger, Clinton, IL.  Several nieces and nephews
also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ned Harrold.
 
Norma worked for the Clinton school system for 30 years as a secretary.
She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church where she served
on several committees.  Norma was a member of the Weldon Springs
Foundation, the Clinton Zoning Board of Appeals, and the DeWitt County
Restoration Committee.  She was also a member of the Alpha Sigma Masters
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for 50 years and the Collectors of Illinois
Pottery and Stoneware as well as numerous Bridge clubs.  Norma was a six
year cancer survivor.

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James L. Welch

James L. Welch, 53, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:10 P.M., Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home in Farmer City, Illinois.

 

A memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Kelso M. Garver American Legion Post 650, Mansfield, Illinois. Inurnment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery, Bellflower, Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Pavilion, Champaign, Illinois.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mr. Welch was born March 8, 1964 in Urbana, Illinois to G. Larry and Karen Kammeyer Welch.

 

Survivors include his parents of Mansfield; sons, Dylan James Welch of Mansfield and Devin Scott Welch of Farmer City; grandson, Gavyn James Welch; brother, Craig (Seleena) Welch of Farmer City; sister, Angela (Chris) Mitchell of Mansfield; aunt, Joyce Kelly of Long Beach, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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Mollie Theresa Evans

Mollie Theresa Evans, 78, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 12:36 A.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. Pastor Ed Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery, White Heath, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mansfield United Methodist Church.
 
Mollie was born on May 18th, 1939 in Bondville, Illinois to Robert and Myrtle (Wardlow) Beckett.
 
She was the 8th of 10 children: James Beckett; Robert Beckett; Mary (Harrison) Rexroad; George “Joe” Beckett; Thomas Beckett; Gene (Phyllis) Beckett; John Beckett; Larry (Inez) Beckett; and Fred Beckett. She married Jimmie C. Evans on July 1, 1966 in Mahomet, Illinois. He passed away February 7, 2005. They had two sons, Keith (Jane) Evans of Farmer City, and Christopher (Merry) Evans of Farmer City. She was a grandmother to 7 grandkids, Joella Evans; Kevin (Tonya) Evans; Adam (Nancy) Evans; Misty Evans; Mandy (Brad) Lewis; Rex Evans and Ali Evans. She was the proud great-grandmother of 8 great-grandchildren, Brianna; Annah; Parker; Evan; Ciara; Sydnee; Brayden; and Clayton. She was also the loving mother of her dog, Max.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and her husband.
 
She lived in Mansfield for 51 years. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and was blessed with many caring neighbors and friends: Sue Hopkins; John and Carolyn Houser; Mike and Carolyn Pace; and Jo Kirby. Mollie loved her family, her dog, and Elvis Presley.
 
She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
 

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Berlin L. Sargent

Berlin L. Sargent 73 of Clinton, IL passed away 6:50 PM July 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with celebrant Rev. Fr. James Henning. Visitation will be 10 - 11 A.M. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL at a later date. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to DOVE.
 
Berlin was born November 17, 1943 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Pearl (Coffland) Ward. She married William D. Sargent December 9, 1961 in Lacon, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: William D. Sargent, Clinton, IL; children: Duane (Olga) Sargent, Bloomington, IL, Robert Sargent, St. Louis, MO, Shawn (Heather) Sargent, Creve Coeur, IL and Betty Grebe, Mesa, AZ; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with one on the way; sister Rosalyn Varney, Winter Haven, FL.
 
She was preceded in death by her mother and 1 brother: Robert Ward.
 
Berlin was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and was active member with the Alter & Rosary Society as well as a secretary at the church for many years. She was an avid crafter and camper. She was a very giving person no matter what the need.

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Betty Louise Williamson

Betty Louise Williamson, 93, of LeRoy, Illinois, formerly of Downs, Illinois, passed away at 3:07 P.M., Sunday, July 9, 2017 at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to the Downs United Methodist Church.
 
Betty was born February 16, 1924 in Downs, Illinois, a daughter of James "Andy" Adam and Jewell Marie Clark Waybright.  She married Millard Elmo "Smitty" Williamson on June 8, 1947 in Downs, Illinois.  He preceded her in death, March 15, 2006.
 
She is survived by one brother-in-law, Ivan "Tide" Williamson, sister-in-law, Viola Williamson and many nieces and nephews.
 
Betty graduated from Downs Community High School in 1943.  She was a member of the Downs United Methodist Church.  When she was younger she worked for the elders of Downs and her Aunt and Uncle's restaurant.  She then went to work for State Farm where she worked for 42 and a half years retiring on February 16, 1986.  She started at State Farm as a skater who delivered the mail on her floor and to Mr. G. J. Mecherle.
 
Betty was a loving wife, aunt, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed. 

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Margaret McCarty Hoffman

Margaret McCarty Hoffman, 96, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 10:50 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Mrs. Hoffman was born July 21, 1920 in Rutledge Township, DeWitt County, Illinois, a daughter of Rolland R. and Louise Walden McCarty. She married E. Eugene Hoffman in Farmer City, Illinois on October 27, 1946. He survives in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Survived by her daughter, Ellen (James) Zellmer of Blue Springs, Missouri; two sons, John (Kathy) Hoffman of Lake Tapawingo, Missouri and William (Catherine) Hoffman of Farmer City, Illinois; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Jean McCarty of Eureka, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, James and her brother, John McCarty.
 
Margaret was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism and worked on newspapers in Chicago and the Champaign News-Gazette before her marriage. She later worked for the Farmer City Journal.
 
She was a member of the Farmer City United Methodist Church; the Farmer City Genealogical and Historical Society; Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and Theta Sigma Phi Professional Journalism Sorority. She was a member of the Farmer City Public Library Board where she served as president for 24 years. She was a member of the Woodlawn Country Club where she was an avid golfer. Her hobbies were reading, golf, genealogy, and bridge.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Inurnment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmer City Public Library.

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Sue Howe

Sue Howe, 64, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 7:14 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017 at her residence.
 
Her funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois and from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois or Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, Mansfield, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
Sue was born June 20, 1953 in Champaign, Illinois, a daughter of Robert C. & Geneva L. Martin Huchel. She married George Howe on June 26, 1983 in Mansfield, Illinois.
 
Survived by her husband, George Howe of Mansfield, IL; son, Dave Kirby of Mansfield, IL; two stepsons, Jeffrey (Eileen) Howe of Lincolnshire, IL and Brian (Gina) Howe of Lewis Center, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kaleigh Kirby and Ryken Kirby; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Gerald (Malou) Huchel of Albuquerque, NM and Billy (Sue) Huchel of Mansfield, IL; one sister, Penny Shonkwiler of Champaign, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Jimmy Huchel and Michael Huchel.
 
Sue was a retired LPN. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and had been a trustee for the Mansfield Library.

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Stephen W. Shehorn

Stephen W. Shehorn, 66, of Chestnut, IL suffered from Type 2 Diabetes and heart failure at Presence Covenant Medical Center surrounded by his family on July 7, 2017.
 
Stephen was born on May 29, 1951 in Lincoln, IL; son of Robert and Zella (Ayers) Shehorn.
 
Surviving Stephen is his wife: Charlotte of 12 years of marriage, daughters: Kayla (David) Turner and Angela (Bradley) Westner, his mother: Zella, and many loving grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Stephen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. Stephen loved hard work and worked as a heavy machine operator for 30+ years until he was forced to stop due to his illness. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, drag racing, and watching horse racing. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He was always there to help friends with any type of project they needed him for.
 
Special thanks to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home for all the arrangements. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday July 13, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Martha Cleo Prince

Martha Cleo Prince, 89, passed away at 10:40 a.m. on July 8, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
 
Martha was born on December 22, 1927 in Monette, AR; daughter of Manuel T. Duncan and Virgie Garrett Lay. She married Morris Prince on March 11, 1944 in Paragould, AR. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2015.
 
Surviving Martha are her two daughters: Sandy (Larry) Bailey of Lincoln; Phyllis (Reynold) Goff of Chestnut; one grandson: Scott Luckhart of Riverton; three granddaughters: Pamela (John) Mays of Wentzville, MO; Laura (Keith) Brewer of Wentzville, MO; and Stephany (Chad) Kutz of Lincoln; one step granddaughter: Amy (Shawn) Lawrence of Beason; great grandchildren: Brady, Garrett, and Wyatt Luckhart of Mt. Pulaski; Delaney Mays of Wentzville, MO and two great step grandchildren: Jacob and Jayden Lawrence of Beason. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: James Duncan.
 
Martha was a member of Lincoln Southern Baptist Church. She retired from Lincoln Developmental Center on March 28, 1990 where she worked as a Dietary Supervisor. She enjoyed fishing, puzzles, and her family.
 
Services for Martha will be 12:00 Noon Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. James Williford officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (11:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon). Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Martha’s name to Lincoln Southern Baptist Church.

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Mark E. Stewart

Mark E. Stewart, 60, passed away at 1:55 a.m. on July 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
 
Mark was born on April 29, 1957 in Mt. Pulaski, IL; son of William John and Mildred Fern (Beck) Stewart. He married Jody Lynn Seitz on June 18, 1977.
 
Mark is survived by his children: Shannon (Brian) Moos of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Jason Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL; five grandchildren: Jade, Makayla, Keyleigh, Chasey, and Kendra; his siblings: Kenny Stewart of Illiopolis, IL, Ronald (Mary) Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Richard Stewart of Lake Fork, IL, Delmar (Sue) Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Dennis Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL, and Janice Cook of Mt. Pulaski, IL; sister-in-laws: Phyllis Stewart of Lake Fork, IL and Charlene Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL; and his special friend: Jody. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Gary and Jerry Stewart.
 
Mark worked for Borden Chemical/ Formosa in Illiopolis and Eaton Corporation in Lincoln, IL. He was a member of Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and going to the races.
 
Graveside services for Mark will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 10, 2017 at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery with Mark Weber officiating. Memorials may be made to the family of Mark E. Stewart. Services are entrusted toFricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Dwain Cecil Marten

Dwain Cecil Marten, 93, passed away at 2:53 p.m. on July 4, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Dwain was born on December 17, 1923 in Mt. Pulaski, IL; son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Marten. He married Mildred Seefeldt on December 27, 1949, she preceded him in death on July 29, 1979. He married Leatha Faye Paul in 1980, she preceded him in death on December 6, 2012.
 
Dwain is survived by his son: Randy and his wife Bobbi Marten of Dallas, TX; stepchildren: Larry Tallent of McLean, IL, and Ann Winchell of Bushnell, IL; one grandchild; seven step-grandchildren.
 
Dwain was a WWII Marine veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a lifelong farmer and electrician. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chestnut, American Legion, Chestnut Fire Department, Logan County Sheriffs Auxiliary, and he was an avid model train enthusiast.
 
Services for Dwain will be 11:00 a.m. Friday July 7, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chestnut, IL with Rev. David Dunlop officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Burial at Laenna Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dwain’s name to the Chestnut EMS. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Gerald Frederick Litterly

Gerald Frederick Litterly was born December 8, 1936 in rural Lake Fork, Illinois, to Jesse Earl and Rosie Mae Litterly. He passed away, July 3, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
He married Barbara Carol Cyrulik, December 24, 1958. They had three sons, Steven, Jeffery, and James. She preceded him in death.
 
He married Connie Fisher, February 2, 1994. She preceded him in death.
Gerald farmed in the Mt. Pulaski area until his death, for over 60 years. He also lived on the Centennial Family Farm. He was a member of the Lake Fork Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge #87 A.F.&M. Mt. Pulaski, Illinois.
 
He leaves behind three sons, Steven, Jeffrey (Susan), and James (Jan). Five grandchildren, Carly Winkelmann (Rob), Mitchell, Tyler, Jacob, and Luke Litterly; two great-grandchildren, Camden and Macyn Winkelmann.
 
Gerald loved life and loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dog Jazzie.
 
Gerald was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Forrest Litterly.
 
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society or The Mt. Pulaski Future Farmers of America. The family plans a Celebration of Life at a later date. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Catherine Viola Kwasny

Catherine Viola Kwasny, 99, of Forsyth, Illinois passed away at 6:21 pm. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Funeral service to celebrate Catherine’s life will be at 1:00 pm. Monday July 10, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Decatur, Illinois, with Rev. Russell Weise officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois. Memorials in Catherine’s name may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Catherine was born December 26, 1917, in Warrensburg, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Clara Binkley. She had eight brothers and sisters. Catherine attended school in Warrensburg and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1931. She worked at Hi Flyer Kite Factory, Oaks Products Company and during World War II, at Wagner Casting Company. She loved to spend time in the garden and yard. She enjoyed the outdoors whether camping, hunting, or fishing. She bowled for many years in two leagues and continued her love for bowling as an avid Wii bowler on the Hickory Point Christian Village team. She enjoyed being with her family and rarely missed a family gathering. Catherine married Robert William Kwasny on May 16, 1935. Robert preceded her in death after seventy-two years of marriage.
 
Surviving are her three children- Nancy Miller, Sandra (David) Shinn, of Findlay, Illinois, Ronald (Jacqueline) Kwasny of Bloomington, Illinois, five grandchildren-Jodi (Donald) Doyle, Brian (June) Miller, Lance (Lisa) Kwasny, Curtis (Myka) Shinn, Matthew Shinn, fourteen great grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, husband, son-in-law, Wilbur Miller, and one great grandchild.
 
The family would like to thank Hickory Point Christian Village and staff, Haven Hospice and DMH Hospice for their care and support to our mother and our family.
 
Catherine has been a faithful and active lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Her confirmation verse is Revelation 2:10 “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life”. These words are certainly true. Catherine has gone to be at peace in the arms of her Lord and Maker where she awaits to once again be reunited with all who believe.
 
Please sign the guestbook at www.tanzyuslogan.com

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Christine M. Stewart

Christine M. Stewart, 65, formerly of Kenney, IL, died on July 3, 2017, following a long illness. She was the youngest child of Robert Roy Hunter, Jr., and Eleanor P. (Dorr) Hunter. Christine was born in 1951 in Framingham, Mass, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in nearby Westborough, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Gary H. Stewart, of Gardner, Mass., and by numerous nieces and nephews. She had been a dispatcher for an industrial gas company and later worked in retail. She was an avid seamstress and became quite adept at scrapbooking. She belonged to the First Baptist Church of Westborough and worshiped at other congregations after she left her home town. She will be interred in the family plot in Westborough. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may wish to donate to the Christine Stewart Memorial Fund in care of https://www.youcaring.com/garystewart-868602

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Darrick James Rieck

Darrick James Rieck, 43, of Rock Springs, WY, formerly of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Darrick was born January 1, 1974 to Dennis and Judy Andresen Rieck in Clinton, Iowa.
 
Darrick is survived by four daughters, Katy; Morgan; Emma, and Jensen; his father, Dennis Rieck; four brothers, Darren; David (Daisy); Jason (Heather), and Jeff (Linda) Rieck.
 
His mother, Judy, preceded him in death.
 
Darrick loved spending time with family and friends. Most of all, Darrick loved his kids. He would talk about them to everyone. He was a loving father, brother and son.

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Evelyn Ann Anderson

Evelyn Ann Anderson, 87, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away peacefully the afternoon of Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Carle Hospital with family and friends by her side. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 P.M. in Blue Ridge Township Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to Carle Hospice.
 
Evelyn was born on February 4, 1930 in Dana, Illinois. She attended and graduated from Minonk Dana Rutland School District. Shortly after graduation, moved to Bloomington, Illinois where she held various office jobs. While in Bloomington and enjoying a night of dancing at O’Neals Dance Hall, she met her future husband Paul K. Anderson. They were married on August 19, 1951. Evelyn and P.K. spent the next 47 years dancing through life together until he passed away on July 23, 1998. Together they raised two sons, Craig (Della) of Champaign and Brian of Mansfield. Evelyn greatly enjoyed the time she spent with her grandsons, Aaron and Brian W. from their childhood visits to Dewey’s until their most recent pizza parties at Monicals.
 
To know Evelyn was to know a committed lady. For almost three decades she worked side by side with P.K. cultivating the fields in the spring and harvesting the crop in the fall. Amazingly, she was the first one to rise and the last one to rest while she maintained a busy household between the hours she was working beside Paul Keith. Without a whisper of complaint, Evelyn assured that all of those around her, family, friends, shelling crews, equipment mechanics, and hired hands came before herself. Evelyn was often reminded of, and complimented on the fantastic meals, desserts, and snacks she would provide to those working at the farm.
 
At a time when many would consider starting to slow down, Evelyn began a 25 year career with Carle Clinic and Hospital. She enjoyed many of those years in the Eye Department where she began countless friendships with doctors, staff, and patients that lasted long after her retirement at the age of 75.
 
One of Evelyn’s greatest wishes was that she never had to leave the farm. She spent the last years of her life shuttling and feeding “the boys”, her own and those that worked with them, while they continued the farming operation. Always willing to help, many in the neighborhood will remember the petite lady bundled up from head to toe mowing the roadsides on her John Deere until only a year ago. Always a mother, as she began to slow down, she would keep a watchful eye on the comings and goings of trucks and machinery. Numerous times a day she would check in with Craig and Brian to keep informed of where they were working, how they were getting along, who was helping, and of course, to remind everyone not to work all night.
 
Regardless of the subject, whether it was her family, friends, the farm, her work, or volunteering, Evelyn was committed to giving her all too every task and person.

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Eric Holt

Eric A. Holt 35 of Bloomington, IL passed away 5:27 AM July 5, 2017 in Flanagan, IL.
 
Visitation will be 5 - 7 P.M. Friday, July 7, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to Eric A. Holt Memorial Fund.
 
Eric was born September 25, 1981 in Tampa, Florida the son of Kenneth E. Holt and Tamara S. Hamann.
 
Survivors include his children: Skylar Holt, Waynesville, IL and Peyton Holt, Bloomington, IL; father and step-mother: Kenneth E. and Casimira Holt, Columbia, TN; siblings: Sherri (Rusty) Stamp, Wapella, IL, Kenny (Crystal) Holt, Clinton, IL and Sarah (Joshua) Prescott, Heyworth, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother.
 
Eric worked for a roofing company. He loved to go four wheeling and enjoyed making people laugh.

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Wesley Cusey

Wesley W. Cusey 60 of Wapella, Il. passed away 2:35 PM July 4, 2017 at his family residence, Wapella, IL.
 
Services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home,Clinton, IL with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 9 - 10 A.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family is requesting casual attire.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wapella Fire and Rescue.
 
Wesley was born January 23, 1957 in Bloomington, IL the son of Exley E. and Nellie Jean (Leggett) Cusey.
 
Survivors include his brothers: Curtis Cusey, Lothian, MD, Eldon (Michelle) Cusey, Wapella, IL; nephew: Vincent Cusey, Wapella, IL.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister: Amy Cusey.
 
Wesley was an avid outdoorsman with a beautiful vegetable and flower garden.. He enjoyed long walks, hiking, camping and small game hunting of squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and opossum. Along with working part time at a bookstore in Bloomington, he was a welder of big or small jobs. Also,
Wesley attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Heyworth.
 
Wesley spent much of his time and energy as a caregiver to his mom until she passed away at the age of 82.
 

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Margaret Ella Murphy

Margaret Ella Murphy 91 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:07 PM July 2, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Margaret was born August 15, 1925 in Wilson Township, DeWitt County, Illinois the daughter of Pleasant and Nora (Bell) Bray. She married Paul Murphy in 1943. He passed away in 1972.
 
Survivors include her grandchildren, Paul D. (Beverly) Murphy, Clinton, IL; Jodi (Josh) Turney, Clinton, IL; great-grandchildren:  Amanda (Cali) Murphy, Pekin, IL; Brett Murphy, Rochelle, IL; Wynn Turney, Clinton, IL; and Payne Turney, Clinton, IL; sister, Della Cooper, Clinton, IL.  Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son, Paul Eugene Murphy, 3 Brothers and 3 Sisters.
 
Margaret retired from the A.S.C.S. office, Clinton, IL. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL and the Eagles Lodge in Bloomington, IL.  Margaret worked part time at the Clinton Antique Mall and the DeWitt County Building.  She liked exercising at Curves and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

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George Orville Hiser

George Orville Hiser, 87 of Mt. Zion, formerly of rural Hammond, passed away at 9:38 PM Sunday July 2, 2017 in Fair Havens Christian Home, surrounded by his family.
 
Services to celebrate George’s life will be held at 2 PM Wednesday July 5, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, conducted by Pastor David Brown. Visitation will be held from noon until the service time. Interment will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Cerro Gordo Volunteer Fire Department.
 
George was born on January 28, 1930 in rural Oakley, IL the son of Orville O. and Hattie (Lanter) Hiser. He was a lifetime farmer. He married Harriet Catlin on November 22, 1951 in Boiling Springs Church of God in Decatur. George was a member of the Cerro Gordo Lions Club, former Board Member of the Cerro Gordo Grain Association, former board member of the Cerro Gordo Ambulance Service, member of the former Oakley United Methodist Church, and a former Cub Scout Master. George enjoyed gardening, tinkering in the shed fixing things and going to coffee at the elevator.
 
Surviving are his wife Harriet of over 65 years of Mt. Zion, children- Lynn and his wife Diana of Oakley, Marcia and her husband Larry Gaitros of Oakley, Darryl and his wife Vickie of Argenta, Tami and her husband Tim Newell of Oakley and Daniel and his wife Soraya of Cerro Gordo, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
 
George was greeted in Heaven by his parents, two sisters- Alberta (Francis) Morr and Lena Mae (Joe) Peterson and his infant brother Willard A. Hiser.

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Margaret Murphy

Margaret Ella Murphy, 91, of Clinton, passed away at 9:07 p.m. Sunday (July 2, 2017) at Manor Court, Clinton.
 
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Margaret was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Wilson Township, DeWitt County, the daughter of Pleasant and Nora Bell Bray. She married Paul Murphy in 1943. He passed away in 1972.
 
Survivors include her grandchildren, Paul D. (Beverly) Murphy, Clinton, and Jodi (Josh) Turney, Clinton; great-grandchildren, Amanda (Cali) Murphy, Pekin; Brett Murphy, Rochelle; Wynn Turney, Clinton; and Payne Turney, Clinton; sister, Della Cooper, Clinton; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Paul Eugene Murphy; three brothers and three sisters.
 
Margaret retired from the ASCS office, Clinton. She was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton, and the Eagles Lodge in Bloomington. Margaret worked part time at the Clinton Antique Mall and DeWitt County Building. She liked exercising at Curves and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Martha L. Donnelly

Martha L. Donnelly, 84, of Lincoln, IL formerly of Lombard, IL passed away at 10:36 A.M, Wednesday June 28, 2017 at her home.
 
Martha was born on July 26, 1932, the daughter of James P. and Dorcie Smith Donnelly.
 
Martha was a social studies teacher at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL for 25 years, and for many of those years, she also headed the Social Studies Department. Before her tenure at Glenbard East, she taught social studies In Los Angeles, CA, Waukegan, IL, Crete, IL, and for the United States Armed Services in Japan.
 
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Martha attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where she earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. During her years of teaching, she also completed extensive academic work beyond a master's degree. She received one Fulbright Scholarship to India and a second one to Israel.
 
Martha traveled extensively taking trips to numerous destinations, such as, England, Ireland, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia. When she lived in the Chicago area, she enjoyed the theater and had subscriptions to the Steppenwolf, Court, and Goodman theaters. She loved to read, and at one time would set aside whole days to read.
 
Martha expressed much gratitude for the kindness and generosity of her many Lincoln friends who helped her through illnesses during the past few years.
 
Services for Martha will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday July 6, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL, with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 10:00-11:00A.M. Burial will be at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln, IL. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

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Elizabeth Jane Hamm

Elizabeth Jane Hamm, 95, formally of Peoria, passed from this life on June 29, 2017 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.
 
Jane was born in Lewiston, IL on March 30, 1922 to Whitnah and Irma Campbell. She graduated from Lewiston High School. Jane married Kenneth Hamm on December 14, 1941. Together they had a daughter, Barbara (Bob) Walter of Appleton, WI, and son, Richard (Betty) Hamm of Hudson, IL. Since the 1950’s, Jane was a member of Timber Lake Country Club where she enjoyed golfing, swimming, camping and many friends. She was a proud member of the DAR, Lewiston chapter. Theatre was a passion and Jane was a longtime supporter of Peoria Players and Cornstock Theatre. Jane was member of University United Methodist Church and was actively involved in volunteering at the Corner Closet. She was blessed to travel worldwide with her husband and loved vacationing on Sanibel Island, FL.
 
Jane is survived by her son, Rick (Betty) Hamm; four grandchildren: Robert (Sarah) Walter, Kelly (Scott) Smith, Stacey Hamm and Adam (Heather) Hamm, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and daughter Barb. Jane was beloved and will be greatly missed. The family would like to say a special thank you to the nursing staff and aides at the Meadows Memory Unit who always made sure Jane had what she needed and was well cared for.
 
Services for Jane will be held at 11:00A.M. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Brandon Boyd officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services (10:00-11:00A.M.) also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL at 2:30P.M. on Monday, July 3, 2017 with pastor Penny Frame officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the memory unit at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.

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Edna L. Stine

Edna L. Stine 89 of Clinton, Il. passed away 11:25 PM June 30, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.
 
A Celebration of Edna’s Life will be 6 PM, Thursday, July 6, 2017 at New Beginnings Church of God, 814 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL with Pastor Aaron Stine, grandson, officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the New Beginnings Church of God, Normal, IL.
 
Edna was born July 11, 1927 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Frank and Leila Dell (Quiggins) Probus. She married Leland D. Stine May 3, 1947 in Bloomington, Il.
 
Survivors include her husband, Leland D. Stine, Clinton, IL; children:  Larry (Julie) Stine, Kappa, IL; Sandra (Roger) Griffith, Clinton, IL; and Steven (Gina) Stine, Chicago, IL; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Goldie Shickle, Bloomington, IL and Charlotte Moews, Normal, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 1 great-great-grandson.
 
Edna loved her church and her family.

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Melissa S. Cler

Melissa S. Cler 30 of DeLand, Illinois passed away 6:20 PM June 30, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Il.
 
Celebration of Her Life will be 11:30 AM, Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Lodge Church of God, Lodge, IL..  There will be a time of gathering for friends and family from 10 AM – 11:30 AM at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Melissa Cler Cancer Benefit.
 
Melissa was born July 14, 1986 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Max E. and Lori M. (Duncan) Neathery.. She married Garret Cler September 18, 2010 in Monticello, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Garret Cler, DeLand, IL; children, Hadley Cler and Maddox Cler at home; parents, Max and Lori Neathery, DeLand, IL; siblings, Libby Neathery, Pesotum, IL and Caleb Neathery, DeLand, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her Grandparents, 1 Son, Carson Phillip Cler and 1 Brother, Andrew “Andy” Keith Neathery.
 
Melissa was a Nurse at Carle Foundtion Hospital for 10 years.  She was an avid Cubs fan.  Most of all, she loved her family – especially her children.

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Trooper Ryan Albin #5718

Illinois State Police (ISP) officials continue to grieve the loss of their fallen brother, Trooper Ryan Albin, who was killed in the line of duty on June 28, 2017.  Trooper Albin was traveling on I-74 westbound near Farmer City when his vehicle collided with a box truck as both vehicles entered a construction zone.  Trooper Albin joined the ISP in 2006 and was currently assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer.
 
As a member of the ISP, Trooper Ablin was an extraordinary Trooper who was tremendously dedicated to his unit and the Department. Trooper Albin was well known for his significant drug, weapon, and illegal cigarette seizures.  Trooper Albin served as a juvenile officer and a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) trustee.  Trooper Albin was a member of the National Criminal Enforcement Association and dedicated his career to criminal interdiction work.  Trooper Albin received the following awards within the Illinois State Police and other agencies:
 
2015 District 6 Nominee for Officer of the Year 
2015 Department Commendation for Illinois MEG Directors and Task Force Commanders Association
2010 Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists Award (101 DUI arrests in a year)
2009 District 6 Centurion Award for DUI Arrests (Over 100 DUI arrests in a year)
2009 Dewitt County Officer of the Year Nomination
2008 Heroes of the Highway for McLean County Sheriff’s Office and MADD
2007 MADD Dewitt County Law Enforcement Recognition 
 
“Trooper Ryan Albin was universally loved by his peers.  He was a big man who spoke softly, yet had a booming laugh that instantly let everyone in the building know he was there,” said ISP District 6 Commander Steven Riesenberg.  “Ryan was a true professional and a very effective crime fighter.  He will be sorely missed.  The men and women of the Illinois State Police count themselves fortunate to have served with him and pray for his family,” Captain Riesenberg added.
 
“Although no words may heal the pain, I can offer this promise…. We will never forget,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.  “We will never forget Ryan’s sacrifice, his courage, or commitment to service.  We will never forget his family, and we will honor his legacy,” he added.
 
Trooper Albin grew up in Bellflower, IL.  He attended Bellflower Grade School, Blue Ridge Junior High, and Blue Ridge High School.  Trooper Albin obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eureka College in Eureka, IL.  Trooper Albin was an inspiration to his fellow officers who often consulted with him for guidance.  He will be remembered for his work ethic and dedication to selfless service.
 
Trooper Ryan Albin is survived by his parents, two sisters, six year old daughter and two year old son. 

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